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Inktober 10 31 16 The Grisly Box

Inktober day 31--can't believe I made it all the way! Now that the conference I spoke at is done I'm relaxing today with Royall Tyler's book "Japanese Tales"--my specialty is Scandinavian folklore and medieval lit, but it's nice to get a comparative perspective sometimes, so this is one of many non-Western collections that I've been occasionally picking at. Since it's Halloween I decided to illustrate the grisly tale "The Grisly Box"--involving an unsuspecting bureaucrat, supernatural women in liminal spaces, and a box full of men's eyeballs and pricks. Yeah.

The texts in this book are from the Heian period for the most part (this story is), are fairly representative of the sorts of tales we call "folklore" but, like a lot of the lit I study from Medieval Iceland, were written down by the elite (who were of course the only ones writing). And even if we would call these "folklore" don't get stuck with an image of rural rubes in your head--most of these deal with the court, so just goes to show the "folk" can be any particular community with its own traditions.

Blog post about the story is here:…

A better scan will eventually be uploaded [edit: now replaced with a hi-rez scan], but I'm frustrated with the overall quality anyway--today was a perfect storm, with me making poor choices with pens (the white, greys, and certain black brush pens don't interact very well) and with my hands shaking way more than usual (I've got occasional hand tremors, exacerbated right now by the combination of a lack of exercise after some health issues the last two weeks and then the conference, which was fun but stressful).
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